Cup dreams over for all three Biggleswade football clubs
PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 November 2016
Any dreams of a Biggleswade side going to Wembley have been shelved for another season after all three teams bowed out of FA competitions.
Biggleswade FC were left on the wrong side of a 5-3 score against Peterborough Sports in the FA Vase and Biggleswade United also departed the same competition.
Their exit came in heartbreaking fashion, losing 5-4 on penalties to Sun Sports in a replay after the two teams had drawn 1-1 at Second Meadow.
And a replay was also needed after a late Connor Hall goal salvaged a 1-1 draw in the FA Trophy between Biggleswade Town and Hitchin Town at Langford Road.
Hall scored again at Top Field, this time from the penalty spot and there was one for Tony Burnett.
But unfortunately for the Waders the Canaries just got the upper hand, winning 3-2.
But Town manager Chris Nunn was not too down-hearted, citing the fact they had pushed one of the top sides in the Southern Premier League all the way.
He said: “I felt a draw was a fair result on Saturday. They had a lot of the game and are a good side but we battled hard.
“I was disappointed with their second goal in the replay but the lads just kept going.
“It was a really good finish for their third but we scored a second and they just were throwing their bodies on the line, blocking shots.
“We had the better chances but conceded three, which is not like us.
“When we played them last season, the gap between the sides was huge. But we showed in these two games a bit more of what we are about and we’re closing that gap.”
And Nunn believes those improved performances will help the club push on into the top 10 of the division.
He said: “We would have preferred to go through but we have to try and take the positives.
“We’ve gone 11 games undefeated at home now. We’re a young side and we want to get into a better league position.”
Biggleswade FC had fought back from 3-1 down to draw level with Peterborough Sports thanks to two goals from George Bailey and one from Lee Northfield.
But two goals in the last 15 minutes sent the runaway leaders of the United Counties League Premier Division through to round three.
Carles Balboa put Biggleswade United ahead in their replay at their Watford-based opponents only for Sun Sports to level in the second half.
And just like four days earlier, when Jordan Wright had scored for United, 90 minutes and extra-time couldn’t split the two teams.
Unfortunately penalties could, although not in favour of the Bedfordshire side.
Manager Cristian Colas said: “It was a hard-fought game.
“I thought we stuck to our principles and tried to play football by building from the back.
“There is always room for improvement but we are working hard to make sure we can do the best we can for Biggleswade.”
All three head back to league action this weekend.